Author: Stuart Woods
Series: Stone Barrington #10. It's a crossover from the Holly Barker series, otherwise I wouldn't have read it out of order.
Genre: Thriller (though I'll admit I didn't find this one too thrilling).
Setting: Mostly New York City, with some Orchid Beach*, London, and Phoenix thrown in.
Reason for Reading: The Holly Barker books are like fast food to me. Not really good, but tasty and easy.
Finished In: Hours
Pages: 342 plus a sneak preview and a generic note from the author about why you shouldn't send him snail mail.
Copyright Date: 2004
Cover: A cityscape of NYC with ominous red clouds above.
First line: "Elaine's, early." Nobody reads these books for the writing style, I'm guessing.
Themes: Mafia, espionage, miscarriage of justice, New York City, witness protection.
Best part: Actually, this line: "Wherever you go, people drop dead, and women take off their underwear." spoken to the main character Stone Barrington by his cop buddy Dino.
Worst part: I found the Stone stuff pretty uninteresting. Yeah, he dated this spy chick one time, and married this mobster's daughter... whatever, you're a badass? Unconvinced.
Imaginary Theme Song: "I Have But One Heart" A little dated, a little cheesy.
Recommended for: If you're addicted to Holly Barker it's a good time. Otherwise skip it.
Related Reads: Orchid Beach by the same author. Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz.
*Orchid Beach is the fictional town where Holly is the chief of police.